The Ekiti State Police Command has accused the Department of State Services (DSS), Ado Ekiti, of killing of a policeman, Sgt. Sylvester Malik, in cold blood while carrying out his legitimate duty.
The command has decried the refusal of the state Director of DSS, Mr Duke Fubara, to produce the suspect despite repeated request by the police that the culprit be produced.
In a statement on Wednesday, the command alleged that the DSS shot and killed Malik when he and his colleague, Corp. Mough Tergu, escorted the former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Femi Thomas to DSS’s command in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday morning.
Sgt Malik and Corp. from the Special Protection Unit, Lokoja, Kogi State, were said to have been shot within the premises of the DSS office after engaging in hot argument over attempt to disarm them before entering, which they resisted.
After the altercation, it was gathered that the DSS operatives allegedly opened fire on the policemen and one of them was reported to have died on the spot and the other survivor is now on the danger list at one of the hospitals in the state.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, who said that the policeman was murdered in cold blood, accused the DSS of shielding the suspect who fired the shot.
“In fact, the DSS is shielding the suspect and we are still waiting for them to hand him over to us. The two policemen were fired at and one of them pretended as if he had died and he heard all their conversations.
“Is there any law in the land that says one should be killed for escorting someone to a barrack or command base?
“Looking at it from professional angle, dropping of arms is even unprofessional. The DSS alleged that the victims refused to be disarmed and they had to struggle with them and claimed that one of them was injured in the process. We are waiting for them to produce the injured to confirm their claims.”